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You Can’t Eat More Than Your Share – McDearis & Pappas

Do we have the human right to use huge amounts of agricultural, human, and petroleum resources to produce unhealthy food that makes us fat and sick…and threatens to overwhelm our health care system, when so many people in the United States and the rest of the world have too little food? It’s an individual choice.

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14 thoughts on “You Can’t Eat More Than Your Share – McDearis & Pappas”

  1. This video made me feel very guilty about myself when it said that we, as Americans, overeat while many people in the world do not even get to eat on a daily basis. This made me feel very sad because I know that I have never experienced severe hunger, so I cannot even imagine what it must be like for those in the world who do not know where or when their next meal is coming from when I can just run to the grocery store.

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  2. The main question this video brought up for me was why are people so willing to completely disregard their bodies. In most cases, they are well aware of the health they are in, but they do nothing about it. It makes absolutely no sense to me that they would want to waste away and be miserable for the rest of their lives. On top of that, there are other people that actually need the food. Why would you want to take it away from them?

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  3. At the end of this video, I felt disgusted with myself at how during video, the clips of the food looked appealing to me. It made me begin to think of how this perspective of eating has become hardwired in the minds of many Americans to a dangerous point. I want to reconnect my brain to think of these foods with more negative connotations and to begin to work to change this aspect of how I live. Even worse it made me feel sad when it focused on those individuals who lack the resources to have an availability of food even close to a healthy sustainable level. While many individuals are eating food at unhealthy levels, another two thirds of the world are suffering and not receiving enough.

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  4. This video seem to be focused on making people feel very bad at their selves for eating food and it kept revolving around is this a human right to do. Well the answer to this in America is yes, because to America one of our rights is the pursuit of happiness. Which to some people is the ability to eat all the junk and all of the crap food in the world that they want. they can eat as much as they want and get an unhealthy as can be. But it is their right if they are pursuing their own happiness.

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    1. Rob,

      Yes, while the Declaration of Independence affirms us the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, I don’t think that is a fair justification for eating everything we want. First of all, that is not the language of the Constitution, which is the Law of the Land. Second, the right to LIFE comes first, and in 2013 1 in 5 children in the U.S. lived in households that were food-stressed. Moreover, the UN Declaration of Universal Human Rights affirms the right to life for all people on this earth. Don’t you think the bigger issue at stake is taking responsibility to see everyone has enough to eat for their survival before we defend our right to slowly eat ourselves to death?

      Rosie

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  5. The video talks about how 1/3 of the world is starving, plus 1/3 is underfed. What I don’t get is how eating less will help them. If they don’t have their own way of growing food then they won’t have it, which is still a problem, but a different problem. A problem of either not having the money or the ability to buy or grow food respectively. Those in “less developed countries are importing goods from developed countries.” This shows two things, that America has food for the hungry in America, the hungry just usually don’t have the money. And that the underdeveloped countries don’t have enough production of their own food. Ok, yes, eating less may mean that more will be shipped to the underdeveloped countries, but as the video said, they can’t afford it.
    I would love to hear other peoples thoughts on my comment.

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    1. Carl,

      I think you raise a valid concern when it comes to the argument, one that is brought up a lot in discussing the feasibility of the proposed action. Firstly, this video is speaking more to a personal dedication to upholding one’s values than proposing a straightforward solution to global hunger. Secondly, a decrease in domestic/Western demand for crops can mean prices drop, and it becomes more affordable for the hungry populations both at home and abroad. Thirdly, we must consider how multinational corporations often exploit the lands and resources of developing countries to turn a high profit in Western markets, and how arable land is taken up to graze cattle for our burgers, raise palm trees for our chocolate, etc. instead of being used productively for the sustenance of local communities. Fourthly, we should keep in mind how the excessive meat and dairy consumption in the Western diet, which is a major contributor to health decline, is also much less resource efficient than vegetation cultivation. Thus, a decrease in animal product consumption on foreign lands, especially in developing regions, can provide underfed populations with greater food sovereignty and food security.

      Rosie

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  6. I didn’t even realize that the fast food industry is having an environmental and economical effect on our nation, in addition to physical. I now know it’s having a devastating effect on our country. Even though I have cut McDonald’s completely out of my diet, I feel guilty that I have taken part in this over consumption when there are millions without proper food access. At least I have a choice, and I want to do my best to limit my consumption of unhealthy food.

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  7. I definitely am a firm believer that the vast majority of Americans diets need to be altered to be more healthy. Personally I believe soda should never be consumed. I lost thirty pounds solely giving up drinking soda. Furthermore, when I stopped drinking soda I saved over a hundred dollars over the year by drinking water which is free. Simple changes in diet can result in huge physical, health, and economic changes.

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  8. I believe that it is really true that the animal agriculture has been the number one leading cause of climate change. Most importantly, people tend to buy these foods even though we know that there are so much fat and sugar in them, and many companies are still spending so much money on market these foods while there are many people don’t eat enough food. The reason is that some people don’t realize the dangerous parts inside of these food, they believe that if they don’t eat it, someone else is going to eat it anyway, so why can’t they eat it, and with this belief inside of these people, it is going to be hard for them to stop. People want to enjoy their life, and they tend to not to think about what unhealthy food has caused, they just want to enjoy the taste of food and don’t think about any other things.

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  9. After watching this video it made me realize how much responsibility each one of us has when it comes to bettering the world around us. Not to mention that most of these responsibilities are ignored or not even acknowledged by most of us privileged people. To me this shows how much ignorance our society has gained when it comes to helping others and the community around us. It is almost as if each person lives selfishly without even knowing it through their repeated behaviors of eating unhealthy foods and just not taking care of themselves. With this lack of knowledge and repeated behaviors we may never achieve a global community that works for not ones self, but for everyone altogether.

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  10. This video raised a concern for me that I have never thought of before – do we have the right to take an unfair share of the Earth’s resources?

    Obviously, the answer to this question is a resounding no, but Americans still consume far more than we could ever need. To learn that 40 million Americans, 16.7 million of which are children, live in food insecure households breaks my heart. And it is disappointing to know that we are not even helping our poor enough, much less the poor all around the globe. I think the simple answer is to start only taking what we need and not overeat and overconsume, which just fuels the ever growing demand for production.

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  11. There will always be 2 sides of this situation: the people who take this issue seriously and makes changes within themselves and their families to help, and the people who will continue to live their life over portioning their meals for the full satisfaction sensation. The agriculture business will forever remain a highly debatable topic considering how much of a money maker it produces. The government will always hold a tight leash on americans just to gain a profit, and most of those americans remain under control because they aren’t aware or education about the other 2/3 of the statistic.

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  12. Knowing how huge the pharmaceutical industry is in America, this video made me think deeper as to why this is. Maybe the fast food industry is so focused on making money by pumping people full of disgusting, unhealthy food because that’s how the pharmaceutical industry makes it’s money–by treating these disgusting unhealthy people. Maybe the two industries are working together to keep each other going and successful. If there were less people eating fast food, there would definitely be less people having to use pharmaceuticals to reverse the damage they’ve done to themselves. And in corporate America, that’s just not okay. We can’t prohibit two of the largest industries in the country from making money, can we? Of course not…

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